January 27, 1996 The 114 foot steel crab fishing vessel Pacesetter capsized and sank 65 miles northwest of Saint George Island with the loss of all seven crewmen. Those lost were captain Matthew Pope, Stephen Mack, Richard Anderson, Eric Ericson, Byron Koesterman, Elias Pena and Stanley Estesad.
February 17, 1996 Crewmember Rodney Charles Allen (25) was swept overboard and lost from the 113 foot steel crab fishing vessel Blue Fin west of Saint Paul Island.
March 23, 1996 Edward Hicks became entangled in gear and drowned from the 86 foot steel crab fishing vessel Western Viking 35 miles northwest of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
April 4, 1996 The 38 foot Desiree C capsized in 20 to 25 foot swells east of Cape Chiniak one mile north of lighted buoy #8. Lost were Jack Christiansen (41) and Larry (Lolly) Larionoff Jr (24).
July 4, 1996 A diver was lost when he became tangled in the net beneath the 38 foot fishing vessel Tiffany Lee near Raspberry Cape.
July 12, 1996 David Bloomquist (24) died while diving to untangle line in the prop of the fishing vessel Sweet Sea.
July 27, 1996 Five crewmembers were lost in a fire aboard the cruise ship Universe Explorer southwest of Point Retreat in Lynn Canal including Aldin D Avila, Dionisio M Rosales, Epafrodito P Ola, Reynaldo Gavino and Williams Notice. 55 other crewmembers and one passenger sustained minor injuries. There were 1,006 people on board the ship.
July 31, 1996 A crewman jumped overboard and was lost attempting to swim to the beach from the 32 foot fishing vessel Four Sons at Naknek in Bristol Bay.
August 20, 1996 A crewmember fell overboard while relieving himself off of the bow of the 32 foot salmon fishing vessel Hard Tack in Ugashik Bay.
September 2, 1996 Brian Rudolph was lost overboard from the 165 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Yukon Queen. He became entangled in the longline gear end anchor and was lost.
October 1, 1996 A diver who was experiencing regulator problems decided to dive anyway and was lost from the 55 foot sea cucumber and urchin dive boat Aquila in Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island.
November 6, 1996 A crewmember working on crab pots was lost overboard from the 111 foot crab fishing vessel Platondia near the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.
November 8, 1996 A crewmember was greasing a steering fitting when it failed and struck him aboard the 94 foot fishing vessel Melanie. He died of his injuries.
November 25, 1996 Jason Jay Cole (26) of Kodiak died while diving to untangle line from the prop of the 80 foot vessel Stormbird at Old Harbor.
November 26, 1996 Three were lost when the 33 foot sea cucumber and urchin dive boat Tamra Dawn disappeared 20 miles SW of Ketchikan near Dall Head.
December 12, 1996 Two crewmembers were rescued and one lost when the 48 foot shrimp fishing vessel Oceanic sank 23 miles southwest of Craig.